Money mules arrested in worldwide crackdown against money laundering


Law enforcement from 25 countries, including Ireland, supported by Europol, Eurojust, INTERPOL and the European Banking Federation (EBF) have joined forces to crack down on one of the most important enablers of money laundering: money mules and their recruiters. 

During an operational phase carried out between mid-September to the end of November 2022, 8,755 money mules were identified alongside 222 money mule recruiters, and 2,469 individuals were arrested worldwide. 

Overview of the results 
  • 2,469 money mules arrested;
  • 1,648 criminal investigations initiated;
  • 4,089 fraudulent transactions identified;
  • EUR 17.5 million intercepted.

Participating countries 

Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Singapore and Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.
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